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Suggestions for ski club bus trips in New England

post #1 of 6
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I have recently volunteered to organize some bus trips for my ski club at work. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for bus companies in the Connecticut/ Rhode island area? I was also curious for input on good and bad experiences while on a bus trip!

post #2 of 6

I have also organized a few trips at work and although it is a lot of work they turned out to be a blast as everybody gave great reviews when we got back. If you have any Ski Market stores near you, they run trips once a week and you can book with them. We also went on a trip out of Haverhill, Mass. which turned out to be a great deal and a lot of fun. All in all I would recommend a ski bus trip but it requires some time and effort to organize.

post #3 of 6

loon cannon trip is a very good bus trip.  I have organized and been on other similr trips to this area.     If done, must be mid-week which is cheep and has no skiers, thus good for wallet, but then you may not get many sign ups if you dont include the weekend.  

 

 

You said New England---how about further North into Canada..Eastern Townships.   Also did this trip by bus, people love it. 

 

 

Again, not New E, but Lake Placid (whiteface) and Gore are both good empty ski areas midweek, good snow and lots to do.      Gore has better intermediate runs, usual bus skier. But LP has more things to do after 4pm.     

post #4 of 6

Also, maybe I am now tainted by many experiences organizing and running such trips.     85% of your people will be great.   10% will be bothersome and demand 30% of your time.   5% always are aholes and will take 40% of your time.    

 

 

Bus drivers do not load or unload the bus....your skiers do.    That is, some of your skiers do.     Some cheep lazy people think they are on a 5 star vacation and that you orr your cronnies are expected to wait on them.  Or...they are just so oblivioius to life they have to be told everything.    Think about the overhead bin issues on your last flight....now you are the flight attendant.     

 

 

You obviously are a type A caring type  person...or you would nothave volunteered to do this for a free stay/pass.      You have  to be able to shut down on some level.     Example:  I  provided 5 different types of sandwiches.    Lots of complaining about this sandwich does not have this or that, can I get whatever?   After that, I said...next time 2 kinds of sandwiches.      I provided beer, soda and water....all you care to have.    Got bad reviews froom some on the type of water, lack of soda choices (I had 5) and kind of beer....some complained they don't drink and should not have had to contribute to that purchase.     NOTE:  my posted priced did not include drinks, I found other discounts and purchased drinks with the savings, and I still gave rebates and purchased t-shirts.     They complained they could have had a bigger rebate.    My counter was next time either I wont negotiate a better deal or better yet, never travel with me again.    

 

Be prepared for calls at 2 am with clogged toilets,  need of toilet paper...desire to change rooms.     Somehow this group will replace their personal travel responsibility for you.   

 

Last thought....there  are a lot of great things about leading a trip.    There are some downers.     But in the end, you will have lots of stories to tell your friends and ski partners.     Do it and enjoy.  Eyes wide open.

 

post #5 of 6

oh so true,great response. I ran school ski trips for 6 years
4th grade thru 12th, parents of the 10% were the worst, kids were great,some of the older kids had harmone problems but were great fun when out skiing. all in all a great experience
 

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Also, maybe I am now tainted by many experiences organizing and running such trips.     85% of your people will be great.   10% will be bothersome and demand 30% of your time.   5% always are aholes and will take 40% of your time.    

 

 

Bus drivers do not load or unload the bus....your skiers do.    That is, some of your skiers do.     Some cheep lazy people think they are on a 5 star vacation and that you orr your cronnies are expected to wait on them.  Or...they are just so oblivioius to life they have to be told everything.    Think about the overhead bin issues on your last flight....now you are the flight attendant.     

 

 

You obviously are a type A caring type  person...or you would nothave volunteered to do this for a free stay/pass.      You have  to be able to shut down on some level.     Example:  I  provided 5 different types of sandwiches.    Lots of complaining about this sandwich does not have this or that, can I get whatever?   After that, I said...next time 2 kinds of sandwiches.      I provided beer, soda and water....all you care to have.    Got bad reviews froom some on the type of water, lack of soda choices (I had 5) and kind of beer....some complained they don't drink and should not have had to contribute to that purchase.     NOTE:  my posted priced did not include drinks, I found other discounts and purchased drinks with the savings, and I still gave rebates and purchased t-shirts.     They complained they could have had a bigger rebate.    My counter was next time either I wont negotiate a better deal or better yet, never travel with me again.    

 

Be prepared for calls at 2 am with clogged toilets,  need of toilet paper...desire to change rooms.     Somehow this group will replace their personal travel responsibility for you.   

 

Last thought....there  are a lot of great things about leading a trip.    There are some downers.     But in the end, you will have lots of stories to tell your friends and ski partners.     Do it and enjoy.  Eyes wide open.

 

post #6 of 6

We used to run bus trips out of our shop. The company we used in New England Action Sports out of Rhode Island. As long as you can get a commitment from everyone in advance you shouldn't have a problem. This is one of your your easiest way of coordinating the trip and their prices were fair.

 

Here is their website:

http://www.skitrip.net/

 

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